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Advocates for medical marijuana on Thursday are planning to deliver thousands of letters to Gov. Chris Christie's office pleading that he signs a bill that would ease access to the drug for children with certain medical conditions. Click here for more information.
The state’s insurance bureau met a deadline Wednesday to report on how much some Maine consumers and businesses will pay for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, but the impact of the new federal health law remains unclear. Read more here.
An online marketplace where consumers and small businesses can shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The goal of the exchanges is to make health insurance more comprehensive and affordable. For more information, click here.
Drugmaker Merck & Co.'s second-quarter profit fell by half as generic competition slashed revenue from several older medicines and sales of its top drug barely budged. Read more here.
Medical marijuana is now available in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post reports that Capital City Care sold the city's first medical marijuana on Monday, 15 years after voters approved a legalization initiative. Read more here.
What help is there for people who need assistance in figuring out the new health plan options available as part of federal health care reform? Read more here.
Robotic surgery device maker Intuitive Surgical Inc. is increasing its current share buyback by $779 million to approximately $1.5 billion and is entering an accelerated repurchase program with Goldman Sachs. For more information, click here.
Two cases of a parasite infection that can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms have been reported in Jackson and Taney counties, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday. Read more here.
A nonprofit corporation will represent LSU School of Medicine doctors who see patients at former LSU public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe.LSU System supervisors Friday will vote on creating a faculty practice organization for LSU Health Shreveport. Read more here. 
A new approach to health care under the federal health reform law that rewards hospitals financially for keeping patients healthy at less cost is beginning to yield results in Maine. Read more here.


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